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Popular guitar styles/genres + their definitive players


MILLO

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Mkay, so...

 

When someone mentions the name of an instrument in the context of a specific genre, certain players' names immediately pop up in the minds of most people--musicians, producers, or people not involved in music. In their minds these great players either defined 'good playing' in that genre, or helped define the genre, or helped take it somewhere else, etc.

 

In your mind, who are these people when it comes to the guitar(s) in the following genres?

 

Let's list at the very most 4 players under each heading, feel free to include seminal recordings and your opinion why they're so important. Let us know if you feel most people would agree--say if you think this is your opinion of who's been important to the genre as a whole, or to you and your playing persoanlly.

 

This is in no way one of those Rolling Stone Magazine "best ever" lists. This is for my own reference/personal study, etc.

 

Here's the list of genres, feel free to somewhat modify the list in your replies (especially since I gave certain cronological subdivisions), of course. Feel free to unify certain headings into only one, feel free to omit others (for dislike of the genre or b/c you just don't know). When considering dates, please think of when the player's seminal, definitive, or ground-breaking playing/recordings happened, not how long he/she lived, etc...

 

Blues (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

 

Blues (1960's to present)

 

Jazz (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

 

Straight-ahead Jazz (60's-present)

 

R&B

 

Early Country

 

Country 70-s present

 

Early Rock N' Roll (40's until early 60's)

 

60's-70's Rock

 

Rock from 70's-present

 

Fusion (feel free to divide this one in eras)

 

Funk

 

"Easy Listening" and/or "Smooth Jazz" and/or "Jazz-Pop"

 

I need the most help w/ Country, early R N'R, R&B, Funk and Smooth jazz/Easy listening.

 

THANKS!!!

"Without music, life would be a mistake."

--from 'Beyond Good and Evil', by Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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I'll go first... Warning: I have little knowledge and even smaller opinions in this regard, so I'll modify the list to fit my ignorance... (notice I'm omitting albums and reasons why, due to my ignorance--these are just impressions)

 

Early Blues-- Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters...

 

Blues-- B.B. King, Albert Collins, SRV, Robben Ford

 

Early Jazz- Charlie Christian, Freddie Green, [edit:]Django Reinhardt [how could I have forgotten?!!]

 

Jazz- Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow

 

Early Rock--Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley... (...and what was that guy's name? James Burton?)

 

60's-70's rock--Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Jeff BEck, Jimmy Page

 

More modern Rock--EVH, Malmsteen, Satriani, James Hetfield (considering the impact of his sound on mainstream music)

 

Fusion--Al Di Meola, Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, John Scofield

 

Smooth Jazz-- George Benson, Larry Carlton, Earl Klugh

 

Many of the above: Tommy Tedesco :P

 

As you see, you may even change some of these names from headings... what albums do you think are seminal? Maybe I need the least help w/ rock, straight-ahead jazz after the 50's? Maybe not in your opinion? Hahaha...

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My thoughts:

 

Blues (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

Robert Johnson,

 

Blues (1960's to present)

Jimi Hendrix, SRV, BB King, Freddie King

 

Jazz (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

Charlie Christian, Freddie Greene, Django Reinhardt

 

Straight-ahead Jazz (60's-present)

George Benson, Grant Green, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery

 

R&B

Eddie Willis; Robert White; Joe Messina; Steve Cropper

 

Early Rock N' Roll (40's until early 60's)

Chuck Berry; Scotty Moore

 

60's-70's Rock

Jimi Hendrix; Carlos Santana; Jimmy Page;

 

Rock from 70's-present

EVH; Satriani; Vai; Randy Rhoads

 

Fusion

John McLaughlin; Pat Metheney; Mike Stern; Scott Henderson

 

Funk

Jimmy Nolen; Al McKay; Eddie Hazel; Catfish Collins

"Easy Listening" and/or "Smooth Jazz"

No clue!

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I always change my mind on this stuff but here are my thoughts as of today's thinking. I agree with alot of your choices by the way Millo.

 

Early Blues- Robert Johnson, Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King. I put the Kings in the early category since they did their groundbreaking work in the 60's

 

Modern Blues- SRV, Robben Ford, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton ( I think he has been more of a blues influence than a rock influence)

 

Early Jazz- Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts. These aren't all that early, but the style is traditional jazz.

 

Jazz- Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Benson, John Scofield.

 

Early Rock- Chuck Berry, Scotty Moore, James Burton, Cliff Gallup.

 

60's 70's Rock- Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Stones.

 

Modern Rock- Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Shawn Lane, EVH.

 

Fusion- Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Al Dimeola, Steely Dan.

 

Country- Pete Anderson, Jimmy Bryant, Junior Brown, Albert Lee.

 

Smooth Jazz- No Comment.

 

People that defy category- Danny Gatton, Johnny A, Derek Trucks, Les Paul, Chet Atkins. This is no way a definitive list, just a basic overview.

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VERY COOL! Keep 'em coming!

 

Please, if you can think of any: include names of seminal albums they did as sidemen or soloists.

 

Gracias. Thanks. Merci. Arigato. Danke.

 

I'm giving myself three-four weeks to make a list, find definitive albums/tracks and START studying their rhythm and solo styles, and emulating their feels.

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Blues (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

Robert Johnson

 

Blues (1960's to present)

BB King

 

Jazz (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

Charlie Christian

 

Straight-ahead Jazz (60's-present)

Wes Montgomery

 

R&B

the guy with the Funk Bros.

 

Early Country

Merle Travis

 

Country 70-s present

Waylon Jennings

 

Early Rock N' Roll (40's until early 60's)

Elvis.

 

60's-70's Rock

Eric Clapton/Jimi Hendrix/Jimmy Page(it has to be all three)

 

Rock from 70's-present

Stevie Ray Vaughn

 

Fusion (feel free to divide this one in eras)

Al DiMeola

 

Funk

The guy with the Funk Bros.

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Off the top of my head....I'm sure I'll miss a ton of 'em.....

 

Straight-ahead Jazz (60's-present)

 

Grant Green, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell

 

Early Country

 

Mother Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis, Jimmy Bryant, Joe Maphis

 

Country 70-s present

 

Vince Gill (really), Anyone who's played with Haggard, Paisley, Deke Dickerson, Albert Lee

 

Early Rock N' Roll (40's until early 60's)

 

Mickey Baker, Buddy Holly, Cliff Gallup, James Burton, Larry Collins

 

60's-70's Rock

 

Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Jimi

 

Rock from 70's-present

 

Eddie Shaver, Eddie Van Halen, Bob Mould, Richard Thompson, Brian Setzer

 

Funk

 

Eddie Hazel

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Early Blues: Don't forget guys like Son House, who was playing Delta Blues when Robert Johnson was a twinkle in his mom's eye. Also rans: Leadbelly, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Lighning Hopkins, and Luther Allison.

 

5o's Rock: Waylon Jennings, Richie Valens, Elvis

 

Country: Waylon, Willie, Merle

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bumpitty bump...

 

By the way, I'm sure I'll get lots of info out of reading a certain book ellwood recommended here. I've had it for a month and have opened it only to write my name on it. I'll start reading it this weekend.

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Originally posted by MILLO:

bumpitty bump...

 

By the way, I'm sure I'll get lots of info out of reading a certain book ellwood recommended here. I've had it for a month and have opened it only to write my name on it. I'll start reading it this weekend.

Millo, great you have it! I think you are really going to like it and I bet PHIL would like it too!
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This is so difficult, but here's a quick shot

 

Blues (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Elmore James, BB King

 

Blues (1960's to present)

Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Robben Ford

 

Jazz (early 20th century-1950's or 60's)

Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery

 

Straight-ahead Jazz (60's-present)

Pat Matino

 

Early Country

Jimmy Bryant

 

Country 70-s present

Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, VInce Gill

 

Early Rock N' Roll (40's until early 60's)

Chuck Berry, Scotty Moore, James Burton

 

 

60's-70's Rock

Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Beck, Townsend

 

Rock from 70's-present

EVH, SRV, Richard Thompson, Mark Knoplfler, Larry Carlton

 

Fusion (feel free to divide this one in eras)

DiMeola, Steve Morse

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